THE WORD: The Church: Stronger, Bigger And More Effective!

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♥♥♥RHAPSODY OF REALITIES BY PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME*
♥♥♥DATE● ● ● SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015*
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The Church: Stronger, Bigger, And More  Effective!
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder (Matthew 21:44).
The Church of Jesus Christ is the ground and pillar of truth (1 Timothy 3:15). However, there’re those who have set themselves as enemies of the Church. Some have vowed that by the time they are through with Christianity, nobody will remember it existed. In Psalm 2:4, the Bible shows us that “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision”. Such misled folks are not alone in their derision; many have made such empty threats before, but God’s Word and His work outlived them, and will yet outlive anyone who stands in its path.
We’re in the biggest and greatest union that the world has ever seen; we’re in the greatest team ever. We aren’t in something that’s irrelevant and weak, and fading away; the Church of Jesus Christ is stronger, bigger and more effective today, than any time in history. This is the reality. We’re seeing greater miracles today than any time in the history of the Church. Haggai 2:9 says, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former….” That’s His Word, and so it’s got to be, and that’s what’s going on all around the world.
The Church is stronger than ever before, and we give the credit to the Holy Spirit, whose influence, power, impact and work is evident in the Body of Christ today more than ever. Those who keep whipping the Church, saying that the Church today is void of power and in a backslidden state, are not in touch with reality; they’re not seeing rightly.
Jesus prayed the Father to send the Holy Spirit. Then He (Jesus) ascended to heaven, and the Holy Spirit has been with us ever since, building the Church. He’s in charge of the Church today; He’s the Lord of the harvest. It’ll therefore be out of place for anyone to say or suggest that the Church is failing in the hands of the Holy Spirit, when in reality, we’re making the greatest impact for the Lord in our day. Glory to His Name forever!
Confession:
I belong to the church of the living God, the ground and pillar of truth, where I’m taught the Word, equipped, trained, nurtured, built, and edified in wisdom and righteousness! Thank you Father, for your power and glory in the Church, and your work of righteousness that’s being spread and established all over the earth, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F U R T H E R  S T U D Y: Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 5:21-43
Leviticus 22-23
2-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 16:21-28
Exodus 3